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Announcing @large : A Conference for Black Conservatives in Baton Rouge, May 30-31

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Scott McKay of The Hayride sends word of @large:  "a one and a half day conference for black conservatives interested in engaging in the political process." The conference will be held May 30-31, 2013, at Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, La.

 The Republican Party, which has had at its core the principle that a man’s liberty and opportunity should not be governed according to the color of his skin, has failed to compete for votes in a community which badly needs an option other than the Democrat plantation.

Deroy Murdock, writing yesterday at National Review, summed up the necessity for engagement – and the benefit for both sides. After pointing out that even an incremental improvement in GOP performance in the black community would have made Mitt Romney president, he wrote this…

Black voters deserve to hear the Republican vision of growth, opportunity, prosperity, and personal responsibility rather than the Democrat formula of profligacy, indebtedness, and redistribution (unforgivably, also advanced by GOP socialist G. W. Bush).

A muscular, year-round appeal to black voters would benefit the GOP and black Americans alike.

It’s time to stop conceding 15 percent of the electorate to the Democrats, when Republicans getting a quarter to a third of the black vote would ruin the Democrat Party as a national electoral entity.

And that quarter to a third of the black vote is not unattainable.

You can find more information about the conference on Facebook:

The goal of this conference is to inspire, motivate, and encourage black conservatives to get involved in politics and build a constituency within their communities. The desire is to inform these conservatives on the most valuable resources for civic engagement and public office – equipping them with targeted, strategic and provocative messaging, and getting them in front of people who can supply the financial resources to push that messaging into the public discussion. Long-term relationships will be established within the black conservative community to continue to increase knowledge and opportunity by tracking conference attendees as they move into public policy. We are striving to lay the foundation for black conservatism to spread into small and large communities alike, and give people the tools needed to build this foundation. This will not be a one-shot affair. We want to make this an annual event, and perhaps build something larger as time goes along.
The conference will include prominent, conservative black speakers, workshops and discussions on various campaign disciplines such as fundraising and messaging, networking, and a showing of Rev. C.L. Bryant’s documentary "Runaway Slave." Reverend Bryant is the headliner for the event, and he’s been instrumental in getting FreedomWorks involved as a resource for us.

You can find them on Twitter here. Donations accepted here.


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